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Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

Posted on: September 5, 2009 9:20 pm
Hopefully Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford's shoulder isn't injured too badly. It doesn't look overly serious. That's the good news.

Bradford, however, remains yet another illustration of why college players with his kind of ability should take the cash and run.

Returning was a tremendous risk. There was a good chance had Bradford departed last year he might've gone first to the Detroit Lions. Might have. The player who did, Matthew Stafford, signed a $41 million deal.

That's what Bradford gave up and even if the shoulder injury isn't significant it still gives something to NFL teams to obsess. They love obsessing. When contract negotiations begin, those same teams will use the injury against Bradford to try and lower his contract demands, no matter how minor it might end up being.

If you don't believe that, you don't know the NFL. It happens all the time.

So even if Bradford comes back next week (and a sprained shoulder joint many times takes weeks to heal) his draft status for 2010 has already been slightly injured.

If he does miss a few weeks his draft stock takes an even bigger hit.

Take the cash and run. Run fast. And don't look back. That's what Bradford should've done.

And it's likely that's what he's thinking right now.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Sooners

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2009 1:38 am

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

Can't blame Bradford for coming back. But Freeman is right.  Get the money when you can. I think a college degree is important, but you can always come back and get it after your pro career is over. Bradford, I hope, will be OK and still go high in the draft, but the injury could have been bad enought to end his pro career before it started.

Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2009 1:36 am

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

I think it's strange for fans to say that he shouldn't go pro because "he has integrity...he wants to complete his education" BLAH BLAH BLAH. Did it ever occur to anyone that you can still go to school AND be an NFL QB? Shaquille O'Neal went to the NBA after his freshman year at LSU but he still has an undergraduate degree and TWO, yes TWO, post graduate degrees. Matt Leinart stayed for his final year at USC EVEN THOUGH HE ALREADY GRADUATED....that's just silly. Sorry, giving up millions of dollars to stay in school just proves you are scared of the responsibility of becoming a PRO player AND don't care about education because you don't have the willpower to continue learning in spite of being set for life. My advice to all college players: If you have been listed as a possible first round pick then you have an OBLIGATION to declare for the draft, any college coach who doesn't reiterate this to his players does NOT have that player's interest at heart. If you want an education, continue taking classes, you won't have a scholarship but you'll still have that $10 million plus signing bonus to supllement your education. This article is spot on.

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2009 1:12 am

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

I agree with most people here.

It takes a special kind of person to reach the pinnacle achievement in college football by getting the Heisman and be presented with the chance at making a lot of money and moving forward, and to turn it down to stay true to your team and finish your education.  This is especially knowing that there's no way you could ever top your previous year.  I'm a huge BYU fan, but I admire Bradford tremendously.  I hope he gets better

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2009 1:00 am

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

He can play pro football and complete his education. VY did it and it looks like he will need it in the near future. Its not one or the other, he can do both at the same time. Considering that a 1st overall pick gets paid more than a pro-bowl vet there was really no benefit of him staying in college as his first payday would have been enough so that even his great grandchildren can live in all the comfort this world can provide. Plus he would have to be a complete bust in order for him not to get a few chances after his first contract is up.
He got lucky that the injury was not serious and it will probably not effect his draft status much, but that does not make his decision to stay in college wise. 

Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2009 12:57 am

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

Everyone is downing Freeman for writing this. I agree that he probably wanted to stay and get a degree. Also everyone is saying money doesn't mean everything to them but honestly, if you were to be offered $41 million to do what you love, you'd probably take it.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2009 12:52 am

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

To be really frank for a moment, it is comments like these that should be posted as the answer to everyone's questions about America's education. 

Are you being serious right now?  For as many great people as there have been, there have been double that number in busts.  The man is 19.  Go ahead, feed him to a hungry Ray Lewis in the middle and it will be more than just a sprained shoulder.  Kudos for Bradford for staying in school, earning his education, and honoring the agreement he made to the school.

IF Tebow gets hurt this year, are you going to bash him as well, even though you continuously say how great he is for college football?

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2009 12:48 am

That Kind Of Thinking Is Hurting College Sports

That kind of thinking is hurting college sports. How would you like to be a college coach that does everything in your power to sign a certain player. He comes in you red shirt him. There is another player out there that is as good but you cant sign him because he is to good to be a backup. After his second year your guy jumps to the pros after you couldnt sign the other. It happens in college football and basketball all the time. People wonder why college coaches make what they do. Because they are expected to win but players are jumping ship left and right for the money. I dont envy any coach that has to deal with this money game. I can understand guys wanting to make millions. But how about the coach that picked you over the other guy. Dont people feel any loyality anymore. What happened to being proud to wear the team colors of the team you played for. Now its all about the MONEY. I dont blame Stafford for going early since he knew he was gonna be a top 2 or 3 pick. But i hope he felt sick at his stomach watching his team go down today. Yes with him there UGA wins that game. Joe Cox is a nice guy, but UGA cant beat good teams with him at QB. This happened because Stafford took the money and ran. Yes if he stays healthy he would be the top pick next year. Do we love the  money so much that we turn our back on the school that brought us in as a hero. In your world its all about the money even if we tear a team apart. But we are rich. Thats all that matters right.

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2009 12:32 am

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

Good one Freeman. Now I remember why they ran you out of Jacksonville.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: September 6, 2009 12:10 am

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

Are you kidding me business is business. If you don't think someone such as a Jerry Jones won't use this against then you are the one that is confused!

Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2009 12:08 am
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